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Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater

Temporarily Closed

It’s a pretty wild world out there – and we bring you the wonder of it. Meet animals daily – you never know who you’ll see.

NOTE: Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, this area is temporarily closed.

Discover Wild Wonders

Close Encounters
Around the zoo
A sloth? A lynx? You never know who you'll meet at a Close Encounter. Get close-up to animals as zookeepers explain just what makes them so wonderful. Around the Zoo daily at unscheduled times to avoid congestion.

Meet the stars!

Herald
Siesta
Orchid
Bach
Twiggy
Scooter
Clark
Gonzo
Tilli
Tahoma

Protecting Wildlife

Saved from extinction.

THE THREAT: Some of our animal ambassadors in the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater are from species that are threatened in the wild: bald eagles, Canada lynx, clouded leopard.

TAKE ACTION: The good news is that humans can help save animal species. We brought bald eagles back from the brink of extinction. We can save others.

Wild Stories

Rockfish Recompression

Aquarist John Foster cradled the vermilion rockfish gently in two hands, submersed. Anesthetized, it lay still as veterinarian Dr. Kadie Anderson took a quick documentary photo of its eyes, which bulged to each side. Then Foster lowered the fish – now fully awake – into a water-filled container that looked something like sci-fi author Jules … Continued

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Elephant Yoga and Apple Slices

Shannon Smith stands outside on a fall day, calling out encouragement. “Foot!” she requests. Across the yard, her “buddy” of 24 years slowly lifts a leg, then puts it back down. “Good!” exclaims Smith, and offers an apple slice. It’s exercise time at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and Smith is leading Suki the elderly … Continued

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Cho Cho, Still the Oldest Siamang

How does it feel to be the oldest siamang? Well, for Cho Cho, snuggled up with his companion Dudlee on a crisp fall morning at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, it seemed pretty cozy. This year Cho Cho is celebrating his 54th birthday – which makes him the oldest siamang on record in human care … Continued

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Other Animal Stars
Get to know all the animals in our Wild Wonders show and Close Encounters! Find the full list here.